Essay for English Lit

  1. I don’t have the literature for the essays
  2. Violence and rage play a prominent role in the Aeneid. Explore the importance (both good and bad) of violence or rage as it has been used in this and one other text. (i.e. The Medea, Beowulf, or The Thousand and One Nights). Is violence necessary to carry out justice? Your secondary sources should address the ancient treatment of violence and our contemporary views on the treatment of violence. How does the ancient treatment of violence compare with the contemporary views? Ultimately, your essay should make an argument regarding the role violence or rage plays in the ancient world as well as in the modern world. Use specific examples from the texts to support your ideas.

3. Your final essay should be 4-6 pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman.

For your second essay, you are required to use both primary and secondary sources. Primary sources are original materials; in other words, they are the works you have been reading all semester long. Primary sources are from the time period involved and have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation. Secondary sources are accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight; in other words, secondary sources are articles you would find using the library’s database Galileo. In general, I want you to use secondary sources that discuss the idea or argument you are making rather than the texts you have chosen to write about for the essay.

Regardless of the prompt you choose, your essay should have the following parts:

  • An introduction with a thesis statement that makes an argument about the chosen works.
  • Body paragraphs that begin with topic sentences which address both works and make an argument that supports your thesis.
  • Evidence from the text that supports your argument.
  • Analysis of the textual evidence used.
  • In-text citations for both primary and secondary sources.
  • A conclusion that wraps up your argument in a creative way.
  • A Works Cited page (MLA format) that includes both primary and secondary sources.

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